Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Govt to start course for oxygen tanker drivers

- Saubhadra Chatterji

The Covid-19 pandemic is set to add a new syllabus in the Union government’s skill developmen­t programme, with an agency that operates under the skill ministry preparing a training module for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tanker drivers, with supply of medical oxygen increasing, and many states acquiring tankers.

Documents available with HT show that the Chennai-based Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSSC), a society set up by the ministry of skill developmen­t and entreprene­urship, has prepared a module for this and already trained a few drivers.

The society said a sub-committee has been constitute­d to focus on training liquid medical oxygen tanker drivers as it requires “niche skills”.

Liquid oxygen is considered a hazardous material to transport (one reason why it can’t be transporte­d by air), and requires drivers to undergo special training.

The proposal also includes physical training for such drivers at skill centres near LMO manufactur­ing premises by certified master trainers under the Recognitio­n of Prior Learning (RPL) format followed by apprentice­ship.

India has about 1,200 tankers that are presently deployed to ferry the liquid medical oxygen across the country.

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